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Community News – May 2017

1Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce the elevation of Nadia Bermudez, Thomas Daugherty, Sarah Lanham, and Leah Plaskin to Shareholders in the firm. Bermudez was recently awarded the Belva Lockwood award by Lawyers Club of San Diego for her commitment to the organization and the San Diego legal community. Earlier this year, she was selected as a lawyer representative for the United States District Court, Southern District and also appointed to the Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Thomas Daugherty has extensive experience as an employment attorney and plays an important role in the firm’s Employment and Labor Group. Mr. Daugherty has been honored by San Diego Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star since 2015. Sarah Lanham has focused her practice within the business litigation and professional liability defense groups. She has earned the gold standard AV®-Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Leah Plaskin focuses her practice on professional liability defense, especially in the area of legal malpractice, and appellate matters in the San Diego office. In 2009, Ms. Plaskin was recognized as a top Young Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Erin Kennedy Clancy, Rebecca M. Soule, and Yaniv Newman to the firm’s San Diego office. Erin Kennedy Clancy has joined the firm as a shareholder. Clancy’s practice includes advice and representation of clients in relation to green and energy-efficient building and marketing, including compliance with California’s Mandatory Solar Option Law and the updated 2016 California Green Building Standards Code.
Rebecca M. Soule is an associate in the firm’s construction, insurance and commercial and business litigation practice groups. Soule received her B.A. from the University of Washington in 2005 and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010.
Associate Yaniv Newman is also a member of Sullivan Hill’s construction, insurance, and commercial and business litigation practice groups. Prior to his undergraduate studies, Newman served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, including one tour of duty in Iraq in 2003. Newman received his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2013.

STEVEN J. COLOGNEHiggs Fletcher & Mack has announced that long-time executive team member Steven J. Cologne became Managing Partner effective March 31, 2017. As an attorney for over 30 years, Cologne began representing individuals and entities in construction defect and medical professional liability litigation. His practice grew rapidly to becoming the primary outside litigation counsel for San Diego Unified School District on a variety of claims in State and Federal court, a position he still holds today.
Cologne is also a member of a number of professional organizations, including the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law section, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, and Tort and Insurance Practice section. He is a past Executive Editor of San Diego Lawyer™, the quarterly journal of the San Diego County Bar Association, and served as a Board Member of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bar. In addition, Cologne is proud to be counsel for The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the top regional theater in the country. He also serves on the University of San Diego School of Law Board of Visitors for his alma mater.

4aGreenspoon Marder announces the expansion of its Intellectual Property practice group and complex litigation capabilities with the addition of Anton N. Handal, Gabriel Hedrick and Lauren Kane in the firm’s San Diego office.
Anton N. Handal joins Greenspoon Marder as a shareholder in the Intellectual Property practice. Mr. Handal has multi-jurisdictional litigation experience before Federal, State and Administrative Courts. Notably, he recently litigated an International Trade Commission Section 337 action to a successful completion in Washington, D.C.
Senior Counsel at the firm, Gabriel Hedrick is a civil litigator with a background in complex corporate transactional matters, including intellectual property litigation. Mr. Hedrick has represented various multinational companies, individuals, governmental entities and national insurance companies in a wide variety of legal disputes involving issues of, among other things, intellectual property litigation in both Federal court and before the International Trade Commission, intellectual property licensing, corporate transactions, partnership and shareholder disputes, and contract disputes.
Lauren Kane has represented multi-national businesses, small businesses, employers and individuals in a wide range of legal matters. Her practice is primarily focused on the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in civil business litigation, including lawsuits relating to partnerships, joint ventures, fiduciary relationships and various business torts. Ms. Kane’s practice also encompasses the representation of litigants in intellectual property disputes.

GAYLE BLATTFollowing a recent appointment by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California, Gayle Blatt—a partner with San Diego-based CaseyGerry and head of its complex litigation practice group—is now serving on the plaintiffs’ executive committee overseeing class action litigation related to the data breaches revealed by Yahoo Inc. in late 2016. Blatt is the only California attorney to serve on the committee.
The litigation stems from several security breaches at Yahoo that occurred in 2013 and 2014 but were only disclosed publicly years after the fact. In September 2016, Yahoo revealed the then-largest data breach, affecting approximately half a billion users, which had occurred in 2014. In December 2016, Yahoo announced it had eclipsed its own record, revealing a 2013 breach that had affected one billion user accounts.
In 2011, Blatt was appointed plaintiffs’ liaison counsel by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in the multidistrict litigation In re: Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Breach Security Litigation.


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